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Internet Arcade

The Internet Arcade is a web-based library of arcade (coin-operated) video games from the 1970s through to the 1990s, emulated in JSMAME, part of the JSMESS software package.

Containing hundreds of games ranging through many different genres and styles, the Arcade provides research, comparison, and entertainment in the realm of the Video Game Arcade.

  The game collection ranges from early "bronze-age" videogames, with black and white screens and simple sounds, through to large-scale games containing digitized voices, images and music. Most games are playable in some form, although some are useful more for verification of behavior or programming due to the intensity and requirements of their systems.

  Many games have a "boot-up" sequence when first turned on, where the systems run through a check and analysis, making sure all systems are go. In some cases, odd controllers make proper playing of the systems on a keyboard or joypad a pale imitation of the original experience. Please report any issues to the Internet Arcade Operator, Jason Scott.

If you are encountering issues with control, sound, or other technical problems, read this entry of some common solutions.

Also, Armchair Arcade (a video game review site) has written an excellent guide to playing on the Internet Arcade as well.


Below are a suggested collection of games that run at proper speed in a powerful browser. (Firefox is currently the fastest environment, although other browsers should work as well.)

 

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Internet Arcade
by Taito Corporation
software
eye 310,261
favorite 17
comment 2
Great Swordsman (グレートソードマン?) is a 1984 fighting arcade game developed by Allumer and published by Taito. Gameplay In Great Swordsman, one or two players can play while taking turns. Players control with two-way joystick and three buttons with different hit levels. Each for creating different level attacks. Like in Data East's Karate Champ, buttons must be held. If they are released, the players' characters will revert to their standing animation. Moves can be defended against...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Bally/Sente
software
eye 309,228
favorite 0
comment 2
Keep the ball from getting past you, try and get it past your opponent. Game Introduction: The game screen is split, top and bottom. It is a 3d view lookup up at your own player from behind. Player one sees themselves on the top screen and sees the opponent in the distance. The lower screen shows the game from the computer or player two point of view. Game Play: One to three balls will begin in the centre of the playfield. When it comes towards you, get in front of it to kick it towards your...
favoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Universal
software
eye 308,679
favorite 26
comment 1
Lady Bug is an insect-themed maze chase arcade game produced by Universal Games and released in 1981. Its gameplay was inspired by Pac-Man but with several additions to the formula, such as the ability to alter the layout of the maze through gate-shifting. The goal of Lady Bug is to eat all "flowers", hearts and letters in the maze while avoiding other insects. The player is represented by a red, yellow, and green character resembling a ladybug while the enemy insects' appearance...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Universal
software
eye 308,275
favorite 2
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Stern Electronics
software
eye 306,500
favorite 2
comment 1
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Century Electronics
software
eye 305,943
favorite 4
comment 0
Hunchback is an arcade game developed by Century Electronics in 1983. The player controls Quasimodo from the Victor Hugo novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The game is set on a castle wall. The player must cross the screen from left to right avoiding obstacles in order to ring the bell at the far right. Obstacles include pits which must be swung over on a long rope, ramparts which must be jumped (some of which contain knights with spears) and flying fireballs and arrows (to be ducked or...
Internet Arcade
by Videa
software
eye 304,537
favorite 3
comment 1
( 1 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Amstar
software
eye 303,966
favorite 53
comment 4
Phoenix is an outer space-themed, fixed shooter similar to Taito's Space Invaders. It was developed by Amstar Electronics (which was located in Phoenix, Arizona) in 1980, and released by Centuri in the United States and by Taito in Japan. The Phoenix mothership is one of the first video arcade game bosses to be presented as a separate challenge. This was before the term boss was coined. The player controls a spaceship that moves horizontally at the bottom of the screen, firing upward. Enemies,...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Eastern Micro Electronics, Inc.
software
eye 303,255
favorite 1
comment 0
Hoccer is an arcade videogame released by Eastern Micro Electronics in 1983. The game shows futuristic interpretation of ice hockey cross-overed with some elements of the game of soccer. The player controls Andrew, the one man team. Ord and Clee are robots whose goal is to destroy him any way they can (by driving him against the boards, into a spinner, or by hitting him with a supercharged ball). Knock out Ord and Clee with your ball or by hitting them against the sides. Points are also scored...
Internet Arcade
by Gremlin
software
eye 300,781
favorite 1
comment 1
Hustle is a 1977 game by Sega/Gremlin on Sega Blockade hardware that is effectively Snake except that the normal pellets are replaced with larger pieces containing various point values that you get if you touch the piece before it disappears. Multiple pieces may also appear at once. You have one life; the game ends either when you hit yourself/a boundary or run out of time (the operator is presumably able to change how much time you can play for).
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Bally Midway
software
eye 300,627
favorite 17
comment 0
Journey is an arcade game released by Bally Midway in 1983, following the success of the albums Escape and Frontiers by the rock band Journey. Bally/Midway decided to ride this wave of popularity and created an arcade game based on the band. The release was intended to coincide with a US tour by the band. This game features digitized photographs of the members of the band at the time of release: Steve Perry, Neal Schon, Steve Smith, Jonathan Cain and Ross Valory. Gameplay The objective of...
Internet Arcade
by Rock-Ola
software
eye 300,613
favorite 18
comment 6
Nibbler is an arcade game by Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corporation. Its gameplay is a variant of Pac-Man and Snake: the object is to navigate a virtual snake through an enclosed maze, while consuming dots along the way. The length of the snake increases with each object consumed, making the game more difficult. The player must also avoid colliding with walls or obstacles, and must also avoid colliding with the snake's own body sections. After all the objects on the screen have been eaten, the...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 6 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Sega
software
eye 299,075
favorite 45
comment 2
Pengo (ペンゴ) is an arcade game developed by Coreland and published by Sega in 1982. The player controls Pengo, a red penguin that resides in the Antarctic. The game takes place in an overhead maze made of ice blocks, where Pengo fights the patrolling, blob-like Sno-Bees. The objective of the game is for Pengo to survive a series of rounds by eliminating all Sno-Bees, while amassing bonuses by bringing together the three diamonds dispersed in the maze. The player uses a joystick and a...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Sega
software
eye 297,665
favorite 1
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Sega
software
eye 297,649
favorite 31
comment 2
Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator is a space combat simulation arcade game based on the original Star Trek television program, and released by Sega in 1983. It is a vector game, with both a two-dimensional display and a three-dimensional first-person perspective. The player controls the Starship Enterprise, and must defend sectors from invading Klingon ships. The game was presented in two styles of cabinets: an upright standup, and a sit-down/semi-enclosed deluxe cabinet with the...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Bally Midway
software
eye 297,437
favorite 26
comment 1
Tapper, also known as Root Beer Tapper, is a 1983 arcade game released by Bally Midway. The goal of the game is to serve beer (or root beer) and collect empty mugs and tips. Tapper puts the player in the shoes of a bartender. The player must serve eager, thirsty patrons before their patience expires. The game was produced in association with Budweiser. The Tapper game screen features four bars. Patrons arrive periodically at the end of the bar opposite the player and demand drinks. The player...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Epos Corporation
software
eye 297,394
favorite 0
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Sega
software
eye 296,997
favorite 31
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Midway
software
eye 296,868
favorite 3
comment 1
Kick is an action arcade game where the player controls a clown on a unicycle, catching falling balloons and Pac-Man characters on the clown's hat. The game was later renamed to Kick Man. At the beginning of each round, a set of balloons and (in later rounds) Pac-Man characters hover above the clown. As each object is dropped towards the clown, different colored balloons fall at different rates. The player must catch each falling object on the clown's hat. If the player does not catch a falling...
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Zaccaria
software
eye 296,639
favorite 4
comment 2
Game Introduction "Hi there. I'm Jack Rabbit. I love carrots, and I'm very hungry." Jack Rabbit needs to collect carrots while avoiding pits, snakes, obstacles, and the two weasels looking for dinner you. Succeed through three stages and Jack will congratulate you. "We sure showed them, partner." Jack Rabbit is played through three different stages. The first stage is outside Jack's house. Here, the object is to collect all the carrots while avoiding pits, bombs, and the...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Williams
software
eye 296,564
favorite 4
comment 2
Players walk around a three-quarters perspective maze shooting at various enemies. After shooting an enemy the enemy's "soul" a dark version of itself attempts to make its way to the top of the screen to an awaiting monster mouth. The player must touch the enemy soul before it gets there or a more difficult enemy is regenerated.
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Internet Arcade
by Gottlieb
software
eye 295,541
favorite 19
comment 0
Krull is a video game based on the film of the same name. The first Krull adaptation was a 1983 arcade game manufactured by D. Gottlieb & Co.. A home adaptation similar to the arcade version was planned for the Atari 5200, but poor sales of that console prompted the decision to release the game on the Atari 2600 instead. A pinball version was also developed but not put into production. Arcade version Released in 1984, the Krull arcade game was programmed by Matt Householder and Chris...
Internet Arcade
by Bally Midway
software
eye 294,889
favorite 1
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Nova Games Ltd.
software
eye 294,503
favorite 2
comment 1
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Cinematronics
software
eye 293,299
favorite 2
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Sega
software
eye 292,937
favorite 1
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Hoei (Rock-Ola license)
software
eye 292,627
favorite 6
comment 0
Jump Bug was the first platform game to include smooth horizontal and vertical scrolling. It was developed by Alpha Denshi under contract for Hoei/Coreland and released to arcades in 1981. Gameplay A player controls a constantly bouncing car while driving through various environments including a city, pyramid and underwater. Unlike most other scrolling games of the time, the main character, a buggy is jumping constantly. The height of the jump and speed of a fall can be controlled with up and...
Internet Arcade
by Game Plan
software
eye 289,410
favorite 1
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Wood Place Inc.
software
eye 288,634
favorite 10
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Seibu Kaihatsu (Taito license)
software
eye 288,577
favorite 4
comment 1
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Game Plan (Centuri license)
software
eye 287,515
favorite 1
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Bally/Sente
software
eye 287,463
favorite 7
comment 1
Sente Technologies (also known as Bally Sente, Inc.) was an arcade game developer. Founded as Videa in 1982 by several ex-Atari employees, the company was bought by Nolan Bushnell and made a division of his Pizza Time Theatre company in 1983. In 1984 the division was acquired by Bally Midway who continued to operate it until closing it down in 1988. The name Sente, like Atari, is another reference to Bushnell's favorite game, Go and means "having the initiative." This game can be...
( 1 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Universal
software
eye 286,276
favorite 4
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Bally Midway
software
eye 286,050
favorite 0
comment 0
Kozmik Krooz'r, originally known as Kapt. Krooz'r is an arcade video game developed by Bally Midway and released in 1982. Kozmik Krooz'r is a shoot 'em up game, in which players guide Kapt. Krooz'r to a rotating mothership at the top of the playfield, one which can only be entered when its tractor beam is operational. Players can also shoot enemies in one of eight directions and deflect firepower during their journey. Every fifth round there is a bonus round where Kapt. Krooz'r must pick up...
Internet Arcade
by Techstar (Sunn license)
software
eye 283,201
favorite 0
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Stern Electronics
software
eye 282,655
favorite 7
comment 1
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Williams / Vid Kidz
software
eye 282,596
favorite 52
comment 7
Robotron: 2084 (also referred to as Robotron) is an arcade video game developed by Vid Kidz and released by Williams Electronics (part of WMS Industries) in 1982. It is a shoot 'em up that features two-dimensional (2D) graphics. The game is set in the year 2084, in a fictional world where robots have turned against humans in a cybernetic revolt. The aim is to defeat endless waves of robots, rescue surviving humans, and earn as many points as possible. The designers, Eugene Jarvis and Larry...
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Internet Arcade
by Exidy
software
eye 282,191
favorite 20
comment 0
Mouse Trap is a 1981 arcade game released by Exidy, similar to Pac-Man. It was ported to three home systems by Coleco; Coleco's ColecoVision, Mattel's Intellivision, and the Atari 2600. It is also one of the first games on home consoles to have a looping background musical track, which is present in most versions. Many differences between Pac-Man and Mouse Trap are aesthetic: the dots become cheese, the player is a mouse, the ghosts are cats, and power pills are bones that turn the player into...
Topics: arcade, exidy, maze
Internet Arcade
by Techstar
software
eye 281,639
favorite 3
comment 0
Macho Mouse is an arcade game which was released by Techstar in 1982; it runs on the hardware first used by Amenip and Centuri for Round-Up (two Zilog Z80s, running at 3.072 and 2.5 MHz, with two General Instrument AY-3-8910s running at 1.536 MHz for audio). The player must use the four-way joystick, to direct the eponymous "Macho Mouse" around a maze, leaving a trail of dots behind him as he goes (like Pac-Man in reverse), and causing images of his head to appear while avoiding cats...
Internet Arcade
by Video Games GmbH (Venture Line license)
software
eye 280,820
favorite 3
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Tong Electronic (Pacific Polytechnical license)
software
eye 280,344
favorite 2
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Sega
software
eye 277,981
favorite 9
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Stern Electronics
software
eye 277,902
favorite 1
comment 2
( 2 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Williams
software
eye 277,180
favorite 48
comment 4
Sinistar is an arcade game released by Williams in 1982. It belongs to a class of video games called twitch games. Sinistar was developed by Sam Dicker, Jack Haeger, Noah Falstein, RJ Mical and Richard Witt. The title is also a pun on the word "sinister." The player pilots a lone spacecraft, and must create "Sinibombs" by shooting at drifting planetoids and catching the crystals that are thereby released. Sinibombs are needed to defeat the game boss, Sinistar, an animated...
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Bally Midway
software
eye 277,050
favorite 55
comment 6
Tapper, also known as Root Beer Tapper, is a 1983 arcade game released by Bally Midway. The goal of the game is to serve beer (or root beer) and collect empty mugs and tips. Tapper puts the player in the shoes of a bartender. The player must serve eager, thirsty patrons before their patience expires. The game was produced in association with Budweiser. The Tapper game screen features four bars. Patrons arrive periodically at the end of the bar opposite the player and demand drinks. The player...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 6 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Bally Midway
software
eye 276,770
favorite 22
comment 1
Satan's Hollow is a shoot 'em up arcade game released by Bally Midway in 1982. The gameplay is similar to Galaga from Namco: the player must destroy the flying formations of gargoyles in order to pick up pieces of a bridge that must be built over a river of lava. As the game progresses, the gargoyles begin to throw exploding eggs, along with rocks that can destroy bridge sections; the player also occasionally faces disembodied devil heads that float around the screen and spit fire. In addition...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Universal
software
eye 276,626
favorite 1
comment 1
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Hoei
software
eye 276,592
favorite 0
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Game Plan (Centuri license)
software
eye 276,441
favorite 3
comment 0
Megatack is an arcade game published by Taiyo System in 1980. Each wave consists of two rounds. The first round pits you against descending "space monsters", while the second consists of "space rings" that grow in size if you don't shoot them first and try to absorb your ship. Completing both rounds takes you to the next wave. Other machines made by Taiyo System during the time period Megatack was produced include Tora Tora, Intruder, Enigma II, Kaos, and Pot Of Gold.
Internet Arcade
software
eye 275,603
favorite 17
comment 1
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Irem (Williams license)
software
eye 275,410
favorite 5
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Sega
software
eye 275,380
favorite 0
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Stern Electronics
software
eye 274,110
favorite 0
comment 1
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Sigma Enterprises Inc.
software
eye 273,311
favorite 4
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Sega
software
eye 271,803
favorite 2
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Gottlieb (Taitel license)
software
eye 271,345
favorite 3
comment 1
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Exidy
software
eye 271,261
favorite 10
comment 3
Pepper II is an arcade game programmed by Exidy and published in 1982, and, despite its name, there was no predecessor named Pepper or Pepper I. Its gameplay is similar to the game Amidar by Stern. There are four mazes per level in Pepper II. Each maze has exits leading to 3 other mazes. All four mazes must be filled to advance to the next level. To fill in a maze, the player maneuvers "Pepper" around different segments of the maze. As Pepper travels, he leaves a "zipper"....
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Universal (ADP Automaten license)
software
eye 270,592
favorite 7
comment 2
Controls: Press 5 to insert coins, 1 or 2 to start a 1/2 player game. Move the man with the arrow keys, us CTRL repeatedly to dig a hole, and ALT repeatedly to cover a hole (that has a creature in it). Please note: These controls are difficult to learn, initially. Space Panic is a 1980 arcade game designed by Universal, which Chris Crawford calls the first ever platform game, as it pre-dates Nintendo's Donkey Kong (from 1981) which is often cited as the original platform game. Space Panic lacks...
( 2 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Zaccaria
software
eye 269,939
favorite 2
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Stern Electronics
software
eye 269,613
favorite 0
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Pacific Novelty
software
eye 268,028
favorite 0
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Coreland / Sega
software
eye 267,618
favorite 4
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Sega
software
eye 267,611
favorite 25
comment 3
Space Harrier (スペースハリアー Supēsu Hariā) is a third-person rail shooter game, released by Sega in 1985. It was produced by Yu Suzuki, responsible for many popular Sega games. It spawned several sequels: Space Harrier 3-D (1988), Space Harrier II (1988), and the spin-off Planet Harriers (2000). Space Harrier was originally made for the arcades, and later saw ports to many home game systems. Space Harrier's release on the Sega Master System is notable, as there were two versions:...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Pacific Novelty
software
eye 266,236
favorite 2
comment 1
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Taito America Corporation
software
eye 265,965
favorite 35
comment 3
Qix is an arcade game, released by Taito America Corporation in 1981. The objective of Qix is to fence off, or “claim”, a supermajority of the playfield. At the start of each level, the playing field is a large, empty rectangle, containing the Qix — a sticklike entity that performs graceful but unpredictable motions within the confines of the rectangle. The player controls a small diamond-shaped marker that can move around the edges of the rectangle, with the goal to claim as much of the...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Williams
software
eye 265,697
favorite 3
comment 0
The object of Mystic Marathon is to guide an elvish looking goblin in some sort of overland race. In most arcade games if you made a mistake you would lose a life, but in Mystic Marathon making a mistake, any mistake, simply meant it was impossible to win the race. Bump into something, oops, can't win. Choose the wrong path, can't win. Press jump at the wrong time, can't win. Williams released Mystic Marathon as a conversion kit only. This was a cabinet specific conversion kit, as it came with...
Internet Arcade
by Bally/Sente
software
eye 265,449
favorite 0
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Sigma Enterprises Inc. (Venture Line license)
software
eye 264,425
favorite 1
comment 0
Ponpoko (ポンポコ?) is a 1982 arcade game released by Sigma Enterprises. It is a platform game similar to Donkey Kong and Mario Bros.. In Ponpoko, the player controls a Tanuki (狸 or たぬき), a Japanese raccoon dog, that can climb ladders, walk across floors and jump over gaps while trying to avoid red and yellow snakes. The player must collect all the fruits and vegetables in order to advance to the next level. There are also baskets that contain either snakes, fruits, vegetables, or...
Internet Arcade
by Irem / GDI
software
eye 264,423
favorite 1
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Atari Games
software
eye 263,736
favorite 16
comment 0
Road Runner is a variant of the platformer genre, based on the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner shorts. It was developed and released by Atari Games in 1985. Gameplay The player controls Road Runner, who is chased by Wile E. Coyote. In order to escape, Road Runner runs endlessly to the left. While avoiding the coyote, the player must pick up bird seeds on the street, avoid obstacles like cars, and get through mazes. Sometimes Wile E. Coyote will just run after the Road Runner, but he occasionally...
Internet Arcade
by ATW USA, Inc.
software
eye 263,485
favorite 2
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Wood Place Inc. (Data East USA license)
software
eye 263,343
favorite 13
comment 0
Ring King, known in the PAL regions as King of Boxer, and known in Japan as Family Boxing (ファミリーボクシング Famirī Bokushingu), is an arcade boxing game originally developed and published by Woodplace, Inc. in the PAL regions in 1985, and later published by Data East in North America the same year. The game continues the series' theme of comical sports as the player takes the role of a boxer who makes his way from his debut to become a world champion. Ring King, though perhaps...
Internet Arcade
by Tong Electronic
software
eye 263,176
favorite 0
comment 1
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Internet Arcade
by Zaccaria / Zelco
software
eye 262,228
favorite 0
comment 0
Internet Arcade
by Sega
software
eye 261,114
favorite 3
comment 0
Pulsar is a 1981 arcade game created by Sega/Gremlin. In it, the player controls a tank in a top-down view maze to fetch keys used to unlock the next level. Pulsar runs on the Z80 microprocessor. The game was designed and programmed by Larry Clague and Mike Hendricks.